Learn about the differences between Pro Tools software and Pro Tools | HD software, including new 12.6 features.
Most home users and Pro Tools enthusiasts run standard Pro Tools software, which provides a robust feature set for stereo music recording, editing, and mixing. However, professional Pro Tools studios typically run Pro Tools HD Software, often in conjunction with Pro Tools HD Native or Pro Tools HDX Hardware. Both software varieties are available through purchase or subscriptions options in Pro Tools 12.6 and later. So, let's take a look at the differences. Both Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD support sample rates of up to 192 Khz.
Now, that's interface dependent, meaning some hardware options may be limited to 48k or 96k. Both also support bit depths of up to 32-bit floating point, and up to 128 simultaneous mono or stereo tracks. The software supports up to 32 channels of I/O with any ASIO or Core Audio-compliant audio interface. Keep in mind that higher track counts and I/O channel configurations are available with Pro Tools HD Native or Pro Tools HDX Hardware.
Some of the unique features of Pro Tools HD software include full surround mixing for up to 7.1 surround output. Now, that of course requires an appropriate audio interface with at least eight audio outputs. Pro Tools HD also provides advanced punch recording options, including TrackPunch for punching in and out on multiple different tracks on the fly, and DestructivePunch, which allows you to punch in and out on existing audio files without creating new files on disk.
Pro Tools HD also features advanced automation, including static automation, or sometimes called "snapshot" automation, that allows you to apply automation settings across a selection, glide automation that allows you to morph effects over time, Join and AutoJoin functions, which allow you to pick up automation from a previous pass that was interrupted, and Preview and Capture workflows that allow you to try out automation without committing to it, and pick up writing automation parameters for use elsewhere.
Pro Tools HD also provides video editing features, including the ability to put multiple video clips in your session. You can also have multiple video tracks in a session. Now, in standard Pro Tools, you can only have a single video track at any time. In Pro Tools HD, even though you can have multiple video tracks, only one track will be active at any time. Pro Tools HD also allows non-destructive video editing and video clip groups. We'll discuss clip groups later on in this course.
Now, note that Pro Tools is not a substitute for a video editing application, so it doesn't have any capability to apply dissolves or transitions, or any color correction or other advanced features that you'd find in an application such as Avid's Media Composer. So that's a quick rundown of some of the differences between Pro Tools standard, and Pro Tools HD software. Both provide robust options for sample rate, bit depths, track count, and I/O channels. Track count and I/O can be expanded in Pro Tools HD by adding a hardware option, but HD-specific features include surround mixing, advanced punch recording, advanced automation, and basic video editing capabilities.
So with that, you should be well prepared to evaluate your options when considering a Pro Tools purchase or an upgrade for home or professional use.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media